URGENT: Letter to EU Heads of State and Governments | Nov 2013

DUTY FREE - (ex)changing Europe | November 2013

The network exists since the IETM meeting in 2012, when the members met for the first time, to talk about the preparation of a Co-production.

Since the conference of PACE (performing arts for crisis in Europe), that took place in Athens in January of 2013, we are mutually working on a performative and educative project about the building of a europan identity.

The international partners are:

    International Theatre | Rome | Italy

    La Transplanisphère | Paris | France

    Drama Center | Athens | Greece

    Visões Úteis | Porto | Portugal

Time to put an urgent reminder in the calendars of our national leaders!

In November 2012 the national leaders of all EU Member States failed to reach an agreement about the next EU budget (2014-2020) at an extraordinary EU Summit in Brussels.

On the 7th and 8th of February 2013, our national leaders are meeting in Brussels to debate the budget again.

In connection with the November summit, more than 6.000 letters were sent to our national leaders via our campaign website.

This week’s summit will be the last chance for our national leaders to finalize and adopt a budget in time for its launch in January 2014. Their decisions will impact our common future and it is time to put an urgent reminder in their calendars. Visit and send the letter to your Head of State and/or Government again + encourage colleagues and friends to do the same.

Read and download Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundations full joint statement on the EU summit here.

Internationales Forum des Theatertreffens | May 2016 | Berlin

The International Forum is a two-week scholarship program of „Theatertreffen der Berliner Festspiele“ that supports artists from all over the world. As a creative field of experimentation and a space for utopian ideas it creates a performativ and discoursive exchange in an international frame.

The program includes the presentation of the aesthetic practises of all invited scholars through lectures and workshops, aswell as visits to all performances and aftertalks with the directors of the invited productions. In addition there are Open Spaces and discussions about relevant topics of the current theatre and excursions into the multi-facetted cultural landscape of Berlin.

TANDEM Shaml - International Exchange | September 2015 | Beirut

Tandem Shaml supports experimental collaborations between cultural change makers from the Arab Region and Europe.

Tandem Shaml offers 18 cultural organisations, 9 from Europe and 9 from the Arab Region, the unique opportunity to establish cross-border cooperation links.

This exchange and knowledge development programme allows cultural professionals from many different disciplines to acquire skills required for engaging in long-term partnerships.

The Tandem process provides hands-on possibilities for getting real insights into European and Arab cultural scenes. Participants will gain practical experiences in collaborating with rapidly changing fields in both regions.

Tandem Shaml is based on the organisers’ belief that working together on tangible cross-border initiatives creates fruitful cultural dialogue among different groups and engages and exposes distant communities to each other.

For one year, up to 9 cultural managers/project coordinators from the Arab region and 9 of their counterparts from Europe form 9 transnational collaboration ‘tandems’. All participants make 12 day working visits to their partner’s organisation.

Next to experiencing a new cultural environment, this placement includes the planning and implementation of a pilot project. The project addresses challenges and resources in the participants’ communities.

In addition to these exchange visits, the entire group meets several times to share their experience and knowledge. Throughout the process, participants receive know-how support on transnational collaboration from the programme organisers as well as project funding for their joint pilot project.

EFA - Atelier for Young Festival Managers | March 2015 | Beirut

Emerging young artistic programmers worldwide are invited to take part in the annual Atelier for Young Festival Managers. This edition of the 12-day intense working space – initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) – took place from 18 - 30 March 2014 and was hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival.

Different generations of festival makers are brought together, in each edition 45 participants and some ten renowned festival leaders, to discuss different aspects of artistic festival management.

The artistic development of festival managers and festivals is at heart of the Atelier. For 12 days, participants will work in small groups, attend lectures and debates, learn from case studies and implement practical activities. Atelier mentors and presenters - all renowned, trailblazing festival managers from all over the world - will share their rich experiences with the participants.

The Atelier goes beyond traditional teaching practices; the carefully selected young programmers will widen their horizons and perspectives on festivals and programming practices. They will be able to enlarge and build a sustainable network which proves to be essential on the long-term.